Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole: Book Cover

Meredith Cole was one of the 2009 Debs at The Debutante Ball, I joined the “2010 Debutante Ball Reading Challenge”, where I have to read 2 books from the previous Debs Challenge..

Meredith Cole’s “Posed For Murder” is my first book for this Challenge.

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Lydia McKenzie is an artist whose medium is the camera. She’s having her first one-woman show. It is a series that ties to actual murders committed in the city’s past. Her method is to find a model—someone who can match in a general way the actual female victim—and pose her in the clothes and position in which the actual victim was found. The night of her showing, however, is disappointing; the owner of the gallery makes her pay for the invitations down to the stamps, hang the whole show herself, and rush for the usual wine and snacks. But what happens next is much worse: two plainclothes policemen shut down the event and take Lydia in for questioning. A young woman whom she knew well, and who was the model in one of her photographs, has been murdered. Worried that the police aren’t doing what they should, Lydia and another friend set out to find the killer.

POSED FOR MURDER won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and readers will see why. The plot flows smoothly with a wonderful “who did it” and “why” grabbing our attention. The key characters especially the  heroine , are fully developed and either are involved in the murders or her job as a “Girl Friday” at D’Angelo Investigations, owned by comedic brothers Leo and Frankie D’Angelo and their authoritarian Mama. Readers will admire Lydia for her New York City grit and courage as she takes charge of her life although she fears the killer.
Posed For Murder uses a clever background for murder, setting this story in the arts community, with an unusual form of art. The characters are believable and well-developed. This is a fun opening tale.

I would certainly recommend this book, for people fond of murder mysteries.

This review is also part “2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge” hosted by J.Kaye.